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Bell has just introduced their push-to-talk network which runs on their HSPA+ network, providing decent download speeds alongside push-to-talk functionality. They have also released their first handset specifically for use on the network ? the Sonim XP5520 BOLT. The BOLT is an incredibly durable device that ?goes well beyond MIL-SPEC ruggedness? and is water proof, dust proof, and shock proof. It can withstand drops from 2 meters onto concrete and is scratch and pressure resistant as well, and has the warranty to back it up. Sonim offers up a 3-year comprehensive warranty to those who purchase the unit.

As for other specifications, the BOLT has a 2? (240 x 320) display, and supports HSPA, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. According to official specs, it can get up to 12 hours of talk time, and also has an LED torch light and 2 MP camera with flash.

If you?re looking for a handset that can survive the harshest conditions and modern push-to-talk functionality, the Sonim XP5520 BOLT is definitely worth checking out. You can pick one up for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $399.95 outright.


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We recently let you know that Bell and Rogers were getting set to launch the Samsung Galaxy Rugby, and now have multiple updates for you. First, Rogers has launched the handset, with it priced at $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $279.99 completely outright. Next, Bell was supposed to release it on April 19th, however sent internal communication to employees stating that it will be delayed. Finally, Sasktel has added the rugged device to their site, marking it as ?Coming soon!?. They will have it priced at $79.99 on a 3 year term, and $239.99 with a monthly plan.

The Rugby is a super-durable Android handset, and is certified to be dust, water, shock, and vibration resistant. It features a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and is capable of recording 720p HD video. Other specifications include its 4 GB of internal storage and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.


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Looking for an extra-durable Android handset? Then the Samsung Rugby could be for you. This Gingerbread handset is certified to be dust, rain, vibration, and shock resistant for working conditions that are too rough for typical, and sometimes delicate smartphones. It comes with a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. The Rugby is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal storage. Connectivity options are the usual, including HSPA, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

As for pricing and availability, Bell is set to launch the Rugby on April according to leaked internal documentation. There isn?t a specific launch date for the handset with Rogers, though we expect to see it roughly around the same time. Pricing is unknown for both carriers; however talk around the internet points to $300 outright.


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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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We let you know a little while ago that Telus would soon be launching the Motorola DEFY, a mid-level Android handset. This dust, water, and scratch resistant handset is now available, and runs Android Froyo 2.2. The DEFY features a 3.7" (480x854) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and 2GB of internal storage. Powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, this device has a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA video capture. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b, g, n), bluetooth, and GPS. The Motorola DEFY is available now from Telus for $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $379.99 for outright purchases.


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Telus has recently launched the Samsung Rugby II, which meets military standards for water, dust, shock, and temperature, making it a great handset for extreme conditions. The Rugby II has a 2.2" (240x320) internal display, along with a 1.3" external display, and 2MP camera. Other features include A-GPS, voice recognition, a media player, and expandability up to 32GB via microSD card. Bell and Rogers will also be launching this handset, with the expected release date for Bell being December 16th.Telus is offering the Rugby II for $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $229.99 contract-free, while Bell is giving it up at the same 3-year price ($99.95), but a higher outright price of $299.95. Rogers 3-year pricing comes in a bit higher at $129.99, with their contract-free pricing coming in at $279.99.


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We recently let you know that Telus was planning to launch the Motorola i1 on their Mike network, a ruggedized Android handset, and the launch day has finally arrived! Featuring a 3.1" (320x480) display, 5MP camera with flash, and runs Android 2.1 Eclair. Like all ruggedized iDen handsets, the i1 is certified for shock, dust, moisture, and more, making it the perfect handset for someone who wants a full featured Android device, but needs to use it on the worksite. The Motorola i1 is available now from Telus for $149.99 on a 3 year term, or $399.99 contract-free.


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We know that Mobilicity is planning to launch in additional cities besides Toronto by the end of the year, though no specific dates have been reported as of yet. Thanks to a rumour circulating on the internet recently, it looks like they may be planning to launch in Edmonton in the coming weeks. While the rumour is a bit unconventional compared to most in the wireless industry, this tip-off comes from a Kijiji job posting, with a 3rd party promotional company seeking to hire employees for a "Mobilicity Launch Promotion", where the selected candidates would canvass the streets of Edmonton asking random people to share their "cell phone horror stories", all while dressed up in halloween costumes!

What do you think, is this just an early promotional technique being put in place by Mobilicity, or will the new-entrant expand into Edmonton sometime around Halloween? Let us know in the forums!


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Telus has announced plans to launch the Motorola i1 on their iDen network, an Android powered handset that is military certified for extreme conditions such as dust, rain, humidity, etc. The device doesn't leave those wanting to take full advantage of the Android OS behind, boasting a 3.1" (320x480) touch screen, 5MP camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It will support push-to-talk services and GPS, making it the perfect full-featured choice for the worksite. No information has been released thus far regarding pricing or an exact released date, but we'll be sure to keep you in the loop once it is.


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A couple weeks back, we let you know that Telus would soon be launching the Motorola i296 on their iDEN network, and it's arrived. The Mike i296 is a military-certified iDEN handset, capable of withstanding extreme conditions such as dust, shock, and extreme temperatures, with a rugged and durable design. This new candybar handset is aimed at those who need to stay in contact on the work site, and features push-to-talk services both on and off network and A-GPS. The Motorola Mike i296 is available now through Telus, for $199.99 contract-free.


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